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Deptford Skillcentre

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Paymaster General if he will set out the number of applicants waiting for each of the courses offered at the Deptford skillcentre at the most recent convenient date, together with the estimated waiting period in each case.

The waiting period for skillcentre courses can vary depending on the length of the course, which can range from two to 52 weeks, and on whether it recruits as vacancies become available or by block entry, for example to meet particular examination dates set by external bodies. The latest available information for courses running at Deptford skillcentre in 1987–88 is as follows:

ClassNumber on waiting list at 24 AprilEstimated waiting period (months)
Commercial Technology363
Commercial Technology (Intermediate)72
Group Electronics95
Kitchen Fitting155
Office Machinery205
Painting and Decorating5012
Screen Process Printing267
Work Related Skills (Commercial)474
Work Related Skills (Manual)164
1 This course requires a block entry of 12 trainees, so the waiting period cannot be estimated.
In addition to these, Deptford Skillcentre has been accepted as a managing agent for the new job training scheme, for which it expects an annual throughput of 1,200 trainees. Recruitment for the new scheme has just begun.